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Myanmar Crisis

Thailand-led regional meeting on Myanmar divides ASEAN

Move by caretaker government angers bloc's chair Indonesia

Protesters hold up a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi and raise three-finger salutes during a demonstration to mark the second anniversary of Myanmar's 2021 military coup, outside the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok on February 1.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand on Monday convened a third regional meeting with representatives of Myanmar's military regime in a move that has further divided the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Seven ASEAN countries were represented -- Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam -- as well as China and India. Only Thailand, Laos and Myanmar sent their foreign ministers to the resort city of Pattaya. Key ASEAN members including current chair Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore skipped the hastily organized event.

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